Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

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Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 17 Sep 2017 (aged 73)
Largo, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Plot cremated, ashes given to family
Memorial ID 183508618 · View Source
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Professional Wrestling Manager, Wrestler. Born Raymond Louis Heenan, he was best known to wrestling fans as a legendary "heel" manager "The Brain" (or "The Weasel" as he was called by opposing wrestlers and fans) and commentator during his days with the American Wrestling Association, World Wrestling Federation (later WWE), and World Championship Wrestling. He started in the wrestling profession by carrying bags and jackets for the wrestlers and selling refreshments at the arena. He got his first break in the business in the late 1960s in the promotion World Wrestling Association as a wrestler and manager and worked there until leaving in 1974 for the American Wrestling Association (AWA). While with the AWA, he managed such wrestlers as AWA champion Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens, Bobby Duncum Sr, and Blackjack Lanza. His wrestlers sometimes held either the AWA World Heavyweight or AWA World Tag Team Championship belts during his managerial tenure. He stayed with the AWA until 1984 when he was lured by Vince McMahon Jr. of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to join McMahon's promotion. During his WWF stay, he managed numerous wrestlers such as "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), Ric Flair and "King" Harley Race and led several of them to championships. He later became a commentator on WWF broadcasts with Gorilla Monsoon and they became popular as a broadcast team. He left the WWF in 1993 and joined rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as a wrestling commentator. He stayed with WCW until 2000 when the promotion was purchased by Vince McMahon. He later did some work for not only the WWE, but also for several other smaller wrestling promotions. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002, but recovered for awhile before his health started going down in the last few years of his life.

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